Over $5 million dollars in join funding has been announced for two water and wastewater projects in Paradise, Newfoundland and Labrador.

“Long-term investments in infrastructure are key to building healthy and resilient communities, while also providing important services to our residents,” said Catherine McKenna, minister of infrastructure and communities.

“Our investment of more than $2 million in green infrastructure will not only protect the health of residents by providing safe and reliable drinking water, but it will also create good jobs as we recover from the economic effects of the pandemic,” added McKenna.

These projects will provide clean water and reliable infrastructure for the residents of Paradise and Evergreen Village. The projects will also increase the capacity to manage wastewater and stormwater.

The projects consist of replacing 800-metres of existing water, sanitary, and storm sewer mains and services on Ashgrove Drive and Willow Drive, in Evergreen Village. In addition, the lift station in Paradise will see the replacement of inner pipework as well as the construction of a new underground chamber and underground pipework.

“Replacing water and sewer mains is important for the protection of our homes to ensure our services work as they should, and so that people can continue to have clean drinking water,” said Derrick Bragg, minister of transportation and infrastructure. “Improvements to the lift station will also ensure the health and safety of residents and municipal workers in these neighbourhoods.”

“This project again shows that when governments of all levels work together, with a shared vision for improving infrastructure, we can deliver important benefits for communities like Paradise,” added Sarah Stoodley, minister of digital government and service.

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The Government of Canada is investing more than $2 million in these projects through the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada infrastructure program, while Newfoundland and Labrador is investing over $1.5 million towards these projects. The Town of Paradise is also contributing $1.5 million towards these projects.

“The Town of Paradise is committed to investing in our infrastructure to ensure our residents have access to the services they need, and this funding will help us address two significant areas for our community,” said Dan Bobbett, mayor of Paradise. “I thank both the federal and provincial governments for their collective commitments and for investing in these essential community projects for our Town of Paradise.”

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